Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August 2017 Word War: Day Three

Hey, writers!

I love seeing you guys support each other during the word wars. It's my favorite part of these weeks!

Since I finished my first draft back in July, and I'm still in the midst of my six week break between drafts, I'm mostly working on "other writing stuff." Including putting together the blog schedule for the rest of 2017 (if you have requests for posts, leave them in the comments!) and all the other writing-related-but-not-actually-writing tasks that get shoved off my list.




What's a word war? 

A word war is when you and another writer (or in this case, lots of other writers!) compete to see who can write the most words in a designated period of time. Sometimes these are also referred to as "word sprints."

How does it work?

Write as much as you're able to today, and when you're done, leave a comment in this post about how the day went. You can share how many words you wrote, stumbling blocks, a favorite line you wrote, whatever you want!

You can also start mini word wars in the comments section of this blog, or on the Go Teen Writers Community Facebook group. (If you apply to join, leave me a comment on the blog so I can get you approved.)

The goal is to buckle down and focus on our manuscripts whenever we can, make good use of our writing time, and encourage each other as we write. Hopefully you'll be meeting new writers and deepening friendships as the war goes on!


How long does it last?

This word war began Monday and will end Friday night. It's a come-and-go, write-when-you-can style of war, so it's never too late to join, and you don't have to participate every day. 

How is your word war going? Share in the comments.

80 comments:

  1. Anyone want to do a word war? Don't have much time now but still

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    1. Sure! I'm sharing my word count on the last day, tho.

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  2. How is it going for everybody? I got through a tough place last night and am doing great!

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    1. It's going alright, but I've been slacking SO BAD the past two days.
      *puts game face on* I can do this!

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    2. I accomplished so much yesterday, and I'm proud of my progress!
      The first day, I only got 516 words, but that was for a WIP that isn't going to happen. I'm with an old one now, and it's going great! I have so much research in store, but I feel like God wants me to write this and he's going to give me the strength to tackle this thing. He's got me. :)
      I'm glad you got through that tough spot last night, Maggie! Isn't it a great feeling?
      Thanks for asking, and God Bless!

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    3. I had hit a wall and couldn't figure out the next piece of the story, but then I rearranged what I had and found a way out. You can do this!

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    4. I do that all the time. I'm glad you figured out how to get the story moving again!
      Thanks for your encouragement! It really helps. :)

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  3. I made it to 1,077 words yesterday and 1,787 words total. I'm planning on writing a lot today. XD

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  4. Does anyone want to WW me? If you do, we can agree on a time. :)

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    1. I would like to! I've been too busy the last couple days to write, so I could use some friendly competition to get me warmed up. :) When would you like to war?

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    2. Um, how about :20—:45? I need to do a bit of outlining.
      Does that sound good, or is it too late?

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    3. That sounds fine.

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    4. Okay, then. Thanks for warring me, Olivia! :D

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    5. I'm writing away over here. Did you get all your outlining done, LHE? I thought I'd check to make sure you're still on board. :)

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    6. Not all of it. Outlining is so confusing and I can't figure out the best way to write one that will benefit me the most. Lol
      Were we still warring? I think I've been confused over here. lol
      I had written from :20— :45 and got 301 words.
      Was I supposed to check in to make sure you were ready? I haven't done this much. lol

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    7. You weren't necessarily supposed to check in. I just did so in case your outlining took longer than you were expecting.
      Good job, LHE! I wrote 535 words. Thank you for warring with me!

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    8. Oh, okay. Thank you for checking in! i didn't see it, but that was very nice of you. :)
      Thank you! I had trouble wording some sentences correctly and putting the image in my mind to words. This WIP is especially hard, I've found out the last two days. lol
      You did great, Olivia! *high fives* Thank YOU! This week, so far, has really been productive.

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  5. I'm not participating this time around, but I'll go ahead and give my word count for yesterday. 2,871. I wrote in the morning, afternoon, and evening. I got a lot accomplished. I'm excited because I'm two-thirds done with the first draft of this book.

    Good luck to everyone else. :D

    iviewrites.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh, you beat me by 8 words. Lol
      I'm excited for you!

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  6. I'm on to war for a bit of the afternoon, and practically all night. XD

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  7. Anyone wanna war from 00-15? :)

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    1. I got 797, a number I'm pretty happy with. :D My last sentence was "Now, I'm inside the palace perimeters."

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    2. 576 words and my last sentence- She swallowed the desire down and grabbed Elani by her shoulder as she staggered to take a step.
      Kind of wordy, but I guess this is just to get words on a page. ;)

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    3. ;) A lot of my sentences end up being wordy too. XD

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    4. Wow! That was a lot of words, my brain can't process my ideas that quickly. ;D

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  8. Anyone want to WW from :20— :45?
    I'm not the fastest writer, but if you want, that's a good time for me. :)

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    1. Of if you want to suggest a time, you can do that too.

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    2. May I join as well?

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    3. Yeah, you can all join! :)

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    4. How many words did you get, Evan?

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    5. 198. Some of the time was used re typing what I had been typing when I accedently mis spelled some words so that took some time away

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    6. I went from :23— :47 and wrote 190 words. I'm a bit stuck. lol
      Good job on your wars, guys! I'm so sorry I didn't see your answers. I had waited a couple minutes and thought no one wanted to, so I decided to war myself.
      Does anyone want to war at :00— :35?

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    7. I got 452 words.
      Good job, all!

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    8. Sure , LHE. ( what a strange name !)

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    9. I had spent some time researching, so that threw me off a bit. lol
      I keep forgetting what I wanted to look up before I started.

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    10. Lol, thanks for warring me. :)

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    11. I'll war in that time slot! :)

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    12. Okay, the more the merrier. ;)

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    13. 1,141 words! My last sentence was- He had the power, and he wasn't about to let it go to waste.

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    14. I got 348 words down. :)
      What about you guys?

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    15. Emma??? Good gravy, you're fast!
      My last sentence was: Yamaan lifted the heavy-looking bar with one hand and opened the door with his other. ——Kind of boring, but that's what i ended on. lol

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    16. LOL! It's a longer war than I am used to, so I guess that means I get more words written. ;)

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    17. I wrote slow, because I want to make things perfect, but that's just not possible. lol Plus, I'm not coming up with very many ideas.
      Good job! Your sentences are intriguing.
      What about you, Evan? How many words did you get down?

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    18. unless I forgot to take a screenshot of my starting amount and my screenshot of
      Word count is not the right one I got 656 words

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    19. My last sentence was " Bang Bang!" The door went.

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    20. Anyone in for another after everyone reports how theirs went and final result

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    21. I'm going to be busy the rest of the night, probably, but you guys did well!
      Good job, Evan. ;)
      Plus, if I did write, it would only be in very small spurts late at night, and I don't know if you'd like to do them then. I can always check in and see if anyone wants to do it then.
      Thanks for warring me, guys! :)

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    22. Perfect time for me to get some dinner : )

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    23. Okay! I hope you've reached your word goal if you have one for today. :)

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  9. 981 words for the day. I'll be working more tomorrow, maybe, but my family is preparing to embark on a roadtrip, so this may be the last you see of me this week. This has been a blast, y'all, and I just reached the 85,000 word mark for this WIP!

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    1. Good job! I hope you have a fun trip. :)
      Wow! I'm so happy for you! I'm sure you're excited. *hugs*
      This week has been a wonderful week so far, and I hope to reach a goal of 5,000 words at the end of the week. More if I can. :)
      God Bless!

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    1. Hey Josie . If you still want to do one I'm up for one just let me know

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    2. Ok. Works for me. Gives me a few minutes to prepare

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    3. I got 308. #multitasking XD. My last sentence was "I'm totally supposed to be here."
      If you can't tell, my characters are very sassy.

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    4. I got 102 words. Final finished sentence was " Just Like That, Jennifer's life was changed forever."

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    5. Josie do you have enough time for another ?

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  11. I got in 1,017 words today. Not as much as I'd hoped, but still quite a bit.
    I'm a little stuck with my WIP, and I hope to get it resolved very quickly so I can make more progress. :)
    Prayers would be appreciated.
    God Bless, and I hope you all reach your word goals for this week. ;)

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    1. Ok.
      My book is gonna be 50k words long and I'm trying to make it to the 2/5 mark ( 20,000 words.) that's my
      Goal this Word War. I'm
      11,582 as it stands now so I MAY be able to make it!

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    2. Thanks!
      So far my WIP is at 5,395 words, but I'm thinking about adding some scenes to the beginning, so that will be a lot of words.
      Wow, 20,00 words! You can do it! :) You've done really well, Evan. We still have two days, so at the rate you're going, I think you might just make it!

      Just curiosity, but what is your WIP about? If you don't want to say, that's okay, I totally understand, but if you'd like to share, I'd love to know.

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    3. In an hour wanna do a word war ? I will be busy but will be around in 1 hour

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    4. I replied to your other comment on today's WW post. I'll probably be warring later in the afternoon, but if you catch me soon, I may be able to. :)

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  12. I got 3008 words last night.

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    1. Good for you! :)
      Everyone's doing an amazing job!

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